Some think we talk too much about wood. Well, they would be correct! It is true that wood is one of our favorite natural resources. Owning a real wood floor brings the warmth and coziness of nature into your home. As with all natural resources there comes a responsibility to use them wisely. Sustaining our forestlands is fundamental to maintaining the health of our citizens and our land.
Trees have provided an essential resource for energy, construction, shelter, and written communication (as in paper). This valuable resource requires protection and proper management. Forest conservation is not a new phenomenon and was practiced as far back as the Roman Empire.
At specific points in history, conservation management was not a priority and the resulting deforestation seriously depleted some of the ancient old growth stands. Longleaf pine is an example of this in the southeast US. Prior to the efforts of America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI), a program developed in 2009 to bring Federal resources to bear to recover longleaf pine (Pinus palustris L.) across its former range, it was only available as reclaimed lumber. Thanks to focused management this species now covers 4.3 million acres and continues to grow with ongoing planting efforts.
Conditions have changed across the landscape with many organizations and initiatives resulting in better management processes.
The Forest Stewardship Council developed this video showing the importance of everyone doing their part to enjoy and prolong our amazing natural forest products and resources.